In British Columbia, different professions are often regulated by different legislation. Most jobs in Canada are governed by the federal or provincial laws and professions also each have their own codes of conduct, ethics and regulatory procedures.
For example, in BC, health professionals must adhere to the rules and regulations of the Health Professionals Act (“HPA”). Teachers are governed by the Teachers Act. The pieces of legislation outline everything from ethics, how to handle complaints and how to deal with workplace harassment. Other professions in Canada include lawyers, doctors, engineers, accountants and more. We use the Health Professions Act and the Teachers Act as but two examples.
The Health Professions Act BC
The HPA is far from being a mere piece of legislation; it’s a commitment to achieving the highest echelons of excellence for the healthcare sector of British Columbia. With meticulous precision, it lays out the criteria that every esteemed practitioner must adhere to. Ensuring that they are well-equipped, both intellectually and ethically, to uphold the sacred duty of their profession.
Core Tenets of the HPA
Protecting the Public: The HPA extends far beyond the realm of professionals. It’s about the wellness and safety of the people they serve. These rules exist to ensure best practices and to make sure health professionals act in your best interest.
Addressing Misconduct: Professionals must go through different channels to address the workplace than other members of the BC workforce. Whether it’s harassment or other forms of misconduct, complaints can be filed under the regulatory body of health professionals.
There is a standard operating procedure for any complaints you wish to make. The same applies if a complaint is made on you. This means submitting complaints under the appropriate regulatory bodies so that they can conduct an official review.
Upon receiving a formal complaint, the regulatory body initiates a first review to determine the validity of the claim. In the case of health professionals, complaints are handled by a committee, whereas under the Teachers Act, complaints are assessed by a disciplinary board.
If the complaint is substantiated, a comprehensive investigation follows. Every piece of evidence is collected diligently, witnesses are consulted, and the situation is thoroughly understood. Professionals are encouraged to actively participate and cooperate during this crucial phase. Depending on the severity of the claim, you may wish to consult with legal counsel.
Resolution and Action
After meticulous investigations, the regulatory body may suggest corrective actions when necessary or dismiss the complaint if unfounded. In more serious cases, professionals might face significant consequences, including the potential suspension or revocation of their licenses.
Why Seek Professional Advice and Representation?
Professional regulatory processes are unique and different from omnibus employment standards legislation. As a professional, you are under a higher level of scrutiny, which makes for a more complicated regulatory process. Furthermore, as a professional, your reputation and ability to continue to carry out your profession is critical. For these reasons, you should consider consulting a legal team that has experience with professional regulations and employment law such as Ascent Employment Law.
At Ascent Employment Law, we have decades of experience when it comes to advocating for the rights of BC professionals. Our lawyers are not only passionate advocates but also skilled at ensuring your perspective is not just heard but also comprehensively represented.
Claims within professionally regulated industries are time consuming and mentally draining. It involves investigations and meeting with board members, which you do not have to do alone. We are there to protect your rights and to make sure the proceedings are fair and just.
Peace of Mind
In moments of uncertainty, finding peace of mind is paramount. The presence of our knowledgeable advocates goes beyond legal support – it extends to providing emotional relief. It can be nerve wracking reading over 100’s of pages of legal documents. You might not have the time or proper understanding. You can rest assured knowing we are fighting on your behalf for the best possible outcome.
For professionals in British Columbia’s professional landscape, the stakes are high and the issues intricate. Ensuring that professionals adhere to the highest standards of ethics and conduct. It can be an intimidating field to maneuver. But whether you’re fighting a claim or want to make a complaint of your own, you can count on Ascent. We’ll help you understand your rights and make sure we reach the most desired outcome.